Everyone loves something about the Olympics. It’s such a huge sporting occasion, a worldwide event and one not to be missed. Rio de Janeiro in Brazil was chosen as the venue for the 2016 Olympics which didn’t go down well in many quarters. There were widespread fears about the Zika virus spreading, corruption and competitors taking drugs. When it comes to the 2016 Olympic Games things haven’t been going right, it’s been problems, problems all the way.
There has been a lot of controversy surrounding Rio 2016 already, especially in the years and months leading up to the Olympics. There was a problem with Rio’s infrastructure and whether it would be ready on time. With construction running behind schedule the mayor of Rio promised all venues for the Olympic Games would be delivered on time. Other points of controversy included:-
- Brazil’s economy. Brazil was facing its worst recession in approximately eighty years, budgets were being slashed and many people in the country were and are facing real poverty. Organisers of the Olympics tried to find ways to cut back on spending as well as reducing travel and food costs for officials. With high inflation rates and high unemployment, the Olympic Games should have been a welcome event for the whole country.
- Right in the middle of an economic crisis, the impeachment of the President and scandals, Rio is also struggling with oil companies, corruption, bribery and price fixing. Building firms that have been involved in the Olympic construction projects have also been implicated. Safety is also an issue, it has been seriously neglected by the authorities and the Olympic Games organisers. Many workers have died building stadiums due to the lack of safety procedures and equipment. It seems to be the job must be completed at all costs regardless of the consequences in loss of life.
- Water problems. Rio’s Olympic waters were found to have human sewage in them with lots of bacteria present. In previous Olympic Games some athletes became ill when competing in water-based events so inspectors finding human sewage and water contamination was a real worry. It was promised that the city’s water would be improved with new sewage plants and facilities being built especially where sailing events were going to take place.
Olympic event organisers quickly realised that the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Games would present serious issues for athletes, spectators and officials.
2016 Rio Olympics, fraught with problems
With all of the issues surrounding the build up to the 2016 Rio Olympics, this worldwide sporting event still went ahead. As the Games have progressed the complaints have piled up and in many cases worsened.
Many experts have claimed that Rio already had a huge array of problems and was potentially one of the worst choices as an Olympic Games venue, and they were right. Organisers are really going to have to think long and hard about a suitable venue to hold the 2020 Games.